The cost towards the person accused of driving his automobile right into a crowd of individuals protesting a gaggle of white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia — killing a girl — was upgraded Thursday to first-degree homicide.
James Alex Fields Jr., an obvious neo-Nazi, is charged with driving his Dodge Charger into the counter-protesters on Aug. 12, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 35 different individuals.
Fields was arrested after fleeing the scene and has been in jail ever since.
The 20-year-old had traveled from Maumee, Ohio to Charlottesville to attend the rally. Fields, who has a documented historical past of attending white supremacist rallies and posting neo-Nazi slogans to his Fb web page, was initially charged with second-degree homicide, however on Thursday, Decide Robert Downer upgraded that to first-degree homicide and confirmed 9 different fees.
First-degree homicide requires proof that the crime was premeditated, which might be simply moments earlier than the incident takes place. Second-degree homicide requires malice in intent, however doesn’t contain premeditation or planning.
Fields was in cuffs and stated nothing throughout the preliminary courtroom listening to, in keeping with CBS 19. Heyer’s mom, Susan Bro, was additionally within the courtroom, as have been many victims.
Through the courtroom listening to, movies of Fields’ Charger driving into the group and the chase afterward have been proven, CBS 19 reported. In a single video, individuals could possibly be seen flying into the air after being hit.
A detective was requested by Discipline’s legal professional, Denise Lunsford, to recall that the suspect cried and sobbed when he discovered somebody had died within the accident. She additionally famous that Discipline requested that any ambulance that will be known as for him be despatched as a substitute to assist the victims of the collision, CBS 19 reported.
The case is scheduled to go to a grand jury on Dec. 18.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and evening editor for BuzzFeed Information and relies in Hawaii.
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